EDUCATION/HOBY (HUGH O’BRIAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM)
This committee's goal is to assist our youth to be successful students and citizens through the following efforts:
We support the following three Lewes schools with ongoing programs that have developed over the years:
SHIELDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
At the start of each school year, we donate funds for third grade teachers to purchase supplies to enhance their curriculum.
We support the literature program with an annual gift of books.
Z Club members read to students during NEA's Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Members participate hands on in classrooms and with the HOST program. Help One Student to Succeed (HOST) is a nationally recognized volunteer academic mentoring program that pairs a struggling student with a community member who wishes to make a difference in the life of a young person.
MARGARET H. ROLLINS SCHOOL OF NURSING AT THE BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER
An annual $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who has achieved academic excellence at completion of the fall semester during their first year.
CAPE HENLOPEN HIGH SCHOOL
An annual scholarship is awarded to a Cape Henlopen High School graduating senior for attendance at a college or technical school. The scholarship recipient is chosen from applicants who are graduating seniors in good academic standing.
HOBY (HUGH O’BRIAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM)
HOBY is an international program founded by actor Hugh O’Brian (1925-2016) after a visit to Africa where he spent an inspiring 9 days with humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Mr. O’Brian is largely remembered for his television role of Wyatt Earp.
HOBY sponsors 10,000 high school sophomores with annual three-day leadership seminars in all 50 states and 20 countries. Its mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Its core values are volunteerism, integrity, excellence, and diversity. Consistently, Delaware has had 100% participation with every public and private high school in all three counties. In our small state, this program is principally sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
The club sponsors one student's participation each year and members volunteer at this worthwhile endeavor.